Labour's honeymoon in Liverpool comes to an end over social care shake-up
The honeymoon enjoyed by the Labour party in Liverpool is probably going to start coming to an end today after a huge shake-up of social services was announced.
Nine out of 12 day centres are set to close, and the three remaining will be refurbished as super community hubs.
There will also be changes to care homes, which will become rehab centres for people leaving hospital.
And the way people with "moderate" needs are assessed will also change.
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Demographics and the way people want to be cared for is changing, and so must services say the party.
The proposals will go out to consultation and would be phased in over three years.
The truth is that things cannot go on as they are. Most of the day centres are half empty, and when people are given personal budgets they chose to buy services from other places.
Add to that a projected overspend of ÃÂ£7.5m this year and a tightening on local government finance and it is easy to see a perfect storm erupting.
But the changes will not be popular with many service users and their families who depend on services and have grown used to them.
Labour say this represents a good vision for the future that is sustainable and will be able to cater for more people in the long run.
The new system would free up ÃÂ£9m that will then be ploughed back into making services better - new day centres open 12 hours a day, for example.
The Liberal Democrat opposition says now is not the time to be doing this and people need confidence and certainty. The party will fight the cuts. This is an emotive issue and it may not be pretty.
Politically though there is no better time than just after a party has been elected to introduce sweeping changes to a decades old system.
Upon becoming leader of the council Joe Anderson said his party would not shirk from making tough decisions. Here is the first example.